For information on 2017 changes to VED car tax check out our article. - Pre-registered models may be the only option for car buyers to beat new road tax rates

It's now 2017, which means the new rules for VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) or road tax are set to come into effect very soon. This means big changes to the system, including a switch up to new road tax bands which will affect anyone buying a new car from April 2017.

The big question for new car buyers is this: is it better to wait until April 1st, or is it more cost effective to change cars before the new regulations come into force? The answer depends entirely on your planned vehicle and most importantly its CO2 emissions!

The rate of vehicle tax for cars is based on engine size, fuel type or carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, depending on when the car was registered.

Was Your Car Registered Before 1 March 2001?

For cars registered before 1 March 2001, vehicle tax is based solely on engine capacity, with two rates of tax:

Engine Size (cc) 12 months rate 6 months rate
Not over 1549 £140.00 £77.00
Over 1549 £225.00 £123.75

Was Your Car Registered On Or After 1 March 2001?

The rate of vehicle tax is based on fuel type and CO2 emissions for cars registered on or after 1 March 2001. The rates are split into bands depending on CO2 emissions and the lower the emissions, the lower the vehicle tax.

CO2 emission details are shown on the car’s V5C registration certificate, or you can find them here: http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/

The following 2 tables contain the ‘standard’ rates of vehicle tax for cars that are already registered.

Petrol and Diesel Cars

Band CO2 emission (g/km) 12 months rate 6 months rate
A Up to 100 £0.00 Not available
B 101-110 £20.00 Not available
C 111-120 £30.00 Not available
D 121-130 £105.00 £57.75
E 131-140 £125.00 £68.75
F 141-150 £140.00 £77.00
G 151-165 £175.00 £96.25
H 166-175 £200.00 £110.00
I 176-185 £220.00 £121.00
J 186-200 £260.00 £143.00
K* 201-225 £280.00 £154.00
L 226-255 £475.00 £261.25
M Over 255 £490.00 £269.50

*Includes cars with a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006.

First year rates – cars registered on or after 1 April 2010

These rates are for a vehicle’s first tax disc when they’re first registered. All tax discs after that are charged at the rates shown in the ‘Cars registered on or after 1 March 2001’ table above.

Petrol and Diesel Cars

Band CO2 emission (g/km) 12 months rate 6 months rate
A Up to 100 £0.00 Not available
B 101-110 £0.00 Not available
C 111-120 £0.00 Not available
D 121-130 £0.00 Not available
E 131-140 £125.00 £68.75
F 141-150 £140.00 £77.00
G 151-165 £175.00 £96.25
H 166-175 £285.00 Not available
I 176-185 £335.00 Not available
J 186-200 £475.00 Not available
K 201-225 £620.00 Not available
L 226-255 £840.00 Not available
M Over 255 £1,065.00 Not available

Alternative Fuel Cars

Band CO2 emission (g/km) 12 months rate 6 months rate
A Up to 100 £0.00 Not available
B 101-110 £0.00 Not available
C 111-120 £0.00 Not available
D 121-130 £0.00 Not available
E 131-140 £115.00 £63.25
F 141-150 £130.00 £71.50
G 151-165 £165.00 £90.75
H 166-175 £275.00 Not available
I 176-185 £325.00 Not available
J 186-200 £465.00 Not available
K 201-225 £610.00 Not available
L 226-255 £830.00 Not available
M Over 255 £1,055.00 Not available

Calculate car tax

You can calculate your car tax rate here:

https://www.gov.uk/calculate-vehicle-tax-rates

Taxi Safety

The following information aims to ensure your journey is a safe one and to help you identify legitimate taxi vehicles and drivers licenced to operate.

For your safety all taxis and private hire vehicles licenced by a council must be properly insured, pass regular checks for road worthiness and drivers must meet stringent standards. All licenced drivers are expected to behave in a courteous manner, so please treat drivers with the same courteous.

MOT

Your car and the MOT

Everyone who uses a vehicle on the road is required to keep it in a road worthy condition at all times. The road worthiness is checked in the interests of road safety and the environment by the test we call the MOT. The first test is required once a car is three years old. (There are different rules if you use it as a taxi or if it has more than 8 passenger seats).


The MOT looks at some important items on your car to see that they meet the key legal minimum requirements at the time of test. You should be aware that the MOT certificate is not a guarantee of the general mechanical condition of a vehicle.